Robert Ekaireb convicted for the murder of his missing wife

19/12/2013

Robert Ekaireb was convicted today at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of his pregnant wife, Li Hua Cao, who went missing in October 2006. He will be sentenced on 6 January 2014.

Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "After seven years of deception and denial Robert Ekaireb has now been brought to justice for the murder of Li Hua Cao.  Ekaireb wove a web of lies in order to deflect suspicion away from him and he has continued to deny any involvement in Li Hua's murder.

"I hope that this conviction today can provide some small comfort to Li Hua's family and allow them a degree of closure to this lengthy and distressing ordeal.

"Li Hua was pregnant when she disappeared on 23 October 2006 and since then she has not been seen or heard from. There are significant challenges with cases where the prosecution must prove a murder in the absence of a victim's body, but following extensive proof of life enquires -  which included work in Ireland, China, Japan and Europe - no evidence was found to indicate that she was alive after that date. With the results of these enquiries, we argued in court that all the evidence pointed towards the fact that Li Hua was no longer alive and had been murdered by her husband.

"We are grateful to the members of the victim's family who travelled from China to support this prosecution and give evidence. Without the evidence of all the witnesses in this case Ekaireb would not have been brought to justice.

"Ekaireb has now been convicted and he will finally have to face the consequences of his actions."